Budget cuts loom over the Webster Parish School Board, once again.
During the March 11 board meeting, additional costs and budget cuts were discussed for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Budget cuts at the state and federal level will trickle down and affect the district as well.
"Retirement costs will rise from 24.5 percent to 27.2 percent and will cost the district approximately $700,000 to $900,000," said Superintendent Steve Dozier. "Grant funding (Title funds, IDEA, 8G and Tobacco Funds) will also be cut approximately 5.2 percent."
Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, the state will implement Course Choice, which will expand educational opportunities for students by going beyond the four walls of high school. Students will have the option to enroll in courses ranging from core academic studies to career and technical, fulfilling every student's basic right to an education tailored to their specific ambitions.
"When Course Choice hits, it will cost $700 per course to the school district," Dozier said.
In addition, dual enrollment courses were previously funded by the state, but are now the district's responsibility.
There will also be increased Professional Development costs for Value Added Model, Compass Evaluation Training for teachers, principals and supervisors and curriculum transition to common core, Dozier explained.
In addition, some upcoming possible costs are unknown as exactly how they will affect the budget: health costs, technology costs and school security costs.
At this time, it is unknown exactly where the budget will have to be trimmed in order to offset the cuts that will affect the district.